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31 babies test positive for Covid in Sabah

Nearly 300 cases yesterday involved children between one and five years old.

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Thirty-one infants were among those confirmed positive for Covid-19 from a total of 3,487 cases reported in Sabah yesterday, said state Local Government and Housing Minister Masidi Manjun.

The Sabah spokesman for Covid-19 said a total of 297 cases reported in Sabah yesterday involved children aged between one and five years old, and 632 cases involved those between six and 17 years old.

“The majority of the 2,240 patients are between 18 and 59 years old and the rest are senior citizens aged 60 and above,” he said in a statement last night.

He said all districts in the state recorded a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases with a total of 1,992 cases detected through close contact screening.

“We can conclude that there is a high probability of non-compliance with the prescribed SOPs despite various calls and recommendations made by the government,” he said.

Masidi said one new cluster was detected yesterday: the Hamparan 2 cluster in Kinabatangan involving those working in an oil palm plantation in Mukim Sukau, which has 21 cases to date.

“The index case is a 24-year-old female clinic assistant who tested positive for Covid-19 on Aug 18 after having symptoms since Aug 12.

“Out of 77 contacts screened, 20 social contacts, employees and their dependents were also infected,” he said.

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